Saturday, May 31, 2014

Never Forget, Color Throwdown # 294

Made this for the daughter of a friend of mine.  Her birthday is coming up and she will be 3 years old.Also entering this card  to the Color Throwdown challenge for this week
Check them out here:

Card Recipe:

Stamps: CTMH Life's A Jungle
Paper: CTMH Dream Pop (Pink Elephant base), The Paper Studio Daydream Doodle paper pack, grayish card stock
Inks: CTMH Black
Embellies: Baloons from cardstock and light blue embroidery thread  

Color Q Challenge # 243

Made this card specifically for the Color Q challenge this week.
Check out their site here:

Card Recipe:

Stamps: CTMH Summertime and Random stamping with CTMH Simple Blossoms
Paper: Basic White Cardstock
Ink: CTMH Ocean, Orchid Bouquet, Sweet Leaf and Sorbet, CTMH watercolor pencils
Embellies: Sheer Aqua ribbon, orange colored ribbon, purple and aqua flowers

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I miss you!

I would like to share this card with you today. I made this card for my granddaughter to let her know how very much I miss her.  She is growing up so fast and I wish I could spend more time with her, however, we live about 2000 miles away from each other.  They were just here in April to visit for about 10 days and we had a great time together.  Can't wait until next time.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Who doesn't like ice cream??!!  Looking forward to the beginnings of a fun and active summer. Invitation to our First Annual Neighborhood Ice Cream Social.  A little gathering to get to know some of the neighbors.  Now that the weather is nicer, we have a chance to get out and meet people and make some new friends.Hopefully, we will have a good turnout and the kids can find some new friends as well.

This card is also an entry for the challenge over at
Tuesday Morning sketches.  You can click on their button on the right side bar of my blog or you can also click here:
Sketch # 251   

Card Recipe:
Stamps: random loose clear acrylic You're Invited stamp
Paper: blue card base is from the Paper Studio Daydream Doodle pack, white with red polka dot strip from DCWV Fresh Floral Stack,  CTMH white card stock
Inks: Stampabilities True Red ink pad
Embellies: Ice Cream Social label and cherries from Paper & Pigtails Design, red and white polka dot ribbon
Tools: Cricut with Best of 2009 to cut out red scalloped circle behind Ice Cream Social label

Monday, May 26, 2014

Smile, Laugh, B Happy

I made this card for my Dear SIL who recently lost her husband very unexpectantly.  Just want to let her know that I am thinking of her and just want her to be smile some, laugh some and be happy.  I know she can use some encouragement. I am also entering this card into the Mojo Monday challenge for this week which is tall and skinny.  Check out their site for all the details.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: CTMH Playful Petals
Paper: CTMH Blue Ribbon Paper Pack
Inks: CTMH Outdoor Denim and cranberry
Embellies: red and white polka dot ribbon, red flower, and leaves, CTMH Dimensional Elements Alphabet
Tools: None

Smooth Sailing

Good afternoon everyone.  Hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend. I have been in my craft room all day.  Tidying up and after I finished that, I decided to check out what the new challenge is for this week at Heart2Heart Challenge Blog. The challenge for this week is : So Very Nauti (Cool).  I thought; "Perfect"  I have a SIL who is going on  her very first cruise with us in January and I could give her this card before we set sail.  Of course, I immediately thought of the CTMH Tommy Paper pack for this one.One reason I love Close To My Heart is because they make everything so easy to put together.  You know if you buy the paper pack and add-ons that go along with it, everything will match perfectly.  I simply cut the paper I wanted to use to size, placed it on the card and the complements.  How much easier can it get? Hope you like it.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: None used
Paper: CTMH Tommy Paper Pack
Inks: None Used
Embellies:  CTMH  canvas complements
Tools: None Used except Fiskars trimmer

Sunday, May 25, 2014

BINGO! Lace, Stamp, Bling

Just bought this ribbon yesterday at Michaels and was glad I was able to use it already.  As soon as I saw the Bingo Card for the challenge at Inky Impressions, I new I wanted to use it with this paper and some lace that I had.  My Bingo is: Lace, Stamp, Bling.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: CTMH Aspirations (double flower)
Paper: CTMH More to Adore paper pack
Inks: CTMH Blush and Tulip
Embellies: flowered bribbon, brown cording, lace strip, and pink button

Baby Card for Cuttlebug Mania Baby Challenge

Neutral colors used to make this simple baby card for a friend.  Little chick paper and yellow polka dot paper were from scraps I had on hand.    To add your own submission click here and go to Add Your Link

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  None Used
Paper: DCWV card stock, Little chick scraps, Yellow and white polka dot scraps
Inks:  None Used
Embellies:  Offray orange ribbon, CTMH Boom-Di--Ada Stickease lettering, Doodlebug Designs chick sticker
Tools:  Circut with Best of 2009 cartridge for outer orange and inner white scalloped circles

Memorial Day Weekend

 What a beautiful Sunday morning we are having here in North Carolina.  Sitting outside on the deck and drinking a cup of coffee. Watching early morning golfers and listening the birds chirp and frogs croaking in the pond.  Just doesn't get any better than this. Hope this finds all of you well and enjoying your holiday weekend. Enjoy and be blessed.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Birthdays are Good Times

My husband's birthday is coming up soon so I thought I would make his card now so I don't forget again like last year.  It just so happens that the theme for Creative Inspirations Challenge this time around is Birthdays.  Check them out here:

Card Recipe:
Stamps: CTMH For Every Occassion (sentiment) and CTMH  Good Times (cupcake)
Paper: CTMH Good Times Paper Pack
Inks: CTMH chocolate and twilight
Embellies: Wide brown ribbon
Tools: Cricut with Best of 2009 cartridge

Color Throwdown # 293

Thank you card for Color Throwdown challenge # 293 at:

Card Recipe:

Stamps: CTMH A Flowering Bunch
Paper: CTMH   Rustic Trail (green, blue and salmon background),   Lori Gardner ( flowered strip)
            CTMH  blue cardstock 
Inks: CTMH Heavenly Blue, Garden Green, Sorbet, and Black
Embellies: green and white ribbon
Tools:  Cricut with Best of 2008 Cartridge for Label


Remember our fallen soldiers

Remember our missing in action

Remember prisoners of war

Remember our wounded warriors

Friday, May 23, 2014

Red Hat Ladies

I have a friend who is turning 50 and is a member of the Red Hat Ladies Society so I though this would make a good birthday card for her.  I am also entering this card for a challenge at :  Crafty Creations Challenges 

Card Recipe:
Stamps: CTMH Youthful Heart
Paper: Purple and white cardstock
Inks: Tim Hotlz Distress Ink (seedless preserves), CTMH My Legacy Writer (Red)
Embellies: Adornments red feather yarn, purple flower
Tools:  Cuttlebug with fancy corners embossing folder 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hear2Heart Garden Theme Challenge

Hanging file to keep notes in.

Project Recipe:
Satmps: CTMH Buzz and Bumble Workshop
Paper: CTMH Buzz and Bumble Paper Pack
Inks: CTMH Creme Brule, Garden Green (Water color pencil Autumn Terracotta)
Embellies: CTMH B & B Stickease, CTMH Cocoa Ribbon Collection, yellow flowers
Tools: Sewing machine to stich sides and bottom

Banner Day for a Picnic

Invitation for 4th.of July Family BBQ Picnic. 
Entry for Heart2Heart Banner Day challenge.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: CTMH Summer Picnic, CTMH Snap, Crackle, Pop
Paper: CTMH Blue Ribbon paper pack
Inks: CTMH Ink Pads (cranberry, Outdoor Denim, Desert Sand, Sunny Yellow )
          CTMH Legacy Writers ( Red, and Orange)
          CTMH Desert Sand Watercolor Pencil
Embellies: Diamond Stickles

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mojo Monday # 346 Circle of Love

This card is to remind us all that the LOVE OF FAMILY is so precious and its true meaning is on this
CIRCLE OF LOVE.  Treasure the time you have with your loved ones and never let anything get in the way of that special bond between family members.  Never leave each other without saying " I love you".  You never know if that will be the last time you are together.

My husband recently lost two of his siblings within a span of one month. Having  the comfort and peace that can only come from God and the support and love from family members what enabled us to get through a difficult time in our lives. I encourage you to stay connected and be blessed by the love of your family.

Card Recipe:

Stamps:CTMH Wheel of Life Flair, Chantilly
Paper:: CTMH Silhouette
Inks: CTMH Black
Embellies:: CTMH Silhouette My Stickease( Love of Family, Circle of Love, circle branch),, CTMH Ribbon Rounds Black collection, Making Memories Brad collection

Pop's Fathers Day Card 2014

Father's day card for my father-in-law.  One of the sweetest.caring and compassionate men I have ever met. I couldn't have asked for a better father-in-law.  
This card is also an entry for a color challenge at Fancy Papercrafters. The color selection is called weathered hues.

Card Recipe: 
Stamps: CTMH Sensational Seals, CTMH The Works Alphabet, CTMH Homestead Alphabet
Paper:  Background paper is from CTMH Surf's Up
Inks: CTMH Moonstruck and CTMH Ocean
Embellies: blue embroidery thread and brown button
Tools: cricut machine  to make seal backing

All the attributes of a great Father

This is the card I made for my husband for Father's Day this year.  He was and is a great father to our children. So thankful for him.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: CTMH Checklist
Paper:  scraps
Inks: CTMH Moonstruck
Embellies: buttons and CTMH waxy flax

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Double Challenge Fathers Day Card

 Fathers Day card  to meet two challenges.  First one is for the Heart2Heart challenge for last week which is Take 5. My take 5 is 5 different elements on this card.  The next challenge is for Fancy Papercrafters and that challenge was to use circles.  I think I have that covered.

Link to Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog is:  or you can click on the their button on my sidebar on the right.

The Link to Fancy PaperCrafters Challenges is:   or you can click on their button on my sidebar on the right .

Card Recipe:
Stamps : CTMH    Make It Count Set, Wheel of Life Flair Set, Friendship Word Puzzle Set, Dimensions Alphabet
Paper used: CTMH It's A Guy Thing
Inks Used:  CTMH Barn Red, New England Ivy, Cocoa, and Desert Sand
Embellies Used: CTMH Ribbon(Cocoa), CTMH colonial White Brads

Friday, May 16, 2014

Graduation Card for Friend

This card was made for my dear friend who is graduating from college tomorrow.  She is a teacher.  She is an amazing woman of God and I am honored to call her my friend and I am so proud of her achieving this accomplishment in her life.

Card Recipe:
Stamps: CTMH Every Occassion
Paper: CTMH cream cardstock
Ink: CTMH; Cranberry
Embellies:  Reflections flower and CTMH Ribbon Rounds Organdy Winter Classic, cream colored crochet thread and CTMH gold waxy flax for the tassel

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Birthday Card

Stamps:  Stampin' Up  Don't remember the kit name
Paper: CTMH Amore
Inks: CTMH chocolate
Embellies:  CTMH Large Pinks Flower, chocolate Brad,
Tools:  Cuttlebug Paisley embossing folder, Fiskars Lace three way corner punch

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Consultant position given up!

It saddens me to say, but, once again, I have had to relinquish my position as a consultant for Close to My Heart Scrapbooking and Stamping supplies. I still love their product and hope to continue buying from another consultant. Because of this fact, I am going to be doing a revamp on my blog because I need to remove some items and pages and just try to clean it up a little. Please bear with me as This will be an ongoing process for awhile. I am going to try and make this blog a priority and be more faithful in posting. Thank you to all who have visited and are followers. Please check back and see the progress of my blog overhaul. I look forward to hearing from you all. Let me know what you think about how it is going and if you have any tips for me. Thanks again, Valerie

Friday, May 9, 2014

Mother's Day 2014

This is the money tree I and my grandsons made for my daughter for Mother's day this year.  Bills were folded into flowers and placed on branches from our yard and placed in a vase with glass beads for filler.  Also made flowers from various pieces of scrap paper.  Card was made from CTMH paper pack Amore from a few years ago.